Brazil: When to go
The world's largest country in the tropics
Brazil’s high season runs from December to March. This is when the country fills with both foreign visitors and vacationing Brazilian families (school holidays run from mid-December to Carnival, usually in February). Prices rise during this time and you’ll face more crowds, though this is also the most festive time in Brazil. Brazil’s low season runs from May to September. With the exception of July, which is also a school-holiday month, this is the cheapest and least-crowded time to visit the country – though it can be utterly vacant in some resort areas and cold in the south.
Depending on where you go, weather may be a significant factor in your travel plans. In Rio, the humidity can be high in summer, with temperatures hovering around 28°C. Rainfall is another factor, with October to January being the wettest months. In winter Rio temperatures hover around 23°C, with a mix of both rainy and superb days.
On the northeast coast, from Bahia to Maranhão, temperatures are a bit warmer year-round than in Rio – with days reaching 31°C – but due to a wonderful tropical breeze and less humidity, it’s rarely stifling. The rainy season runs from about mid-December to July, though even then you’ll encounter gorgeous days.
The Amazon region (the north) is one of the world’s rainiest places and rainfall occurs most frequently from December to May, making travel exceedingly difficult then. The rest of the year the region still receives plenty of rain, though showers tend to last only an hour or two. The Pantanal also has rainy and dry seasons, and if you plan to go, do so during the dry season (mid-April to late September). The rest of the year, the wetlands receive tremendous rainfall, washing out roads and making travelling a nightmare. The South has the most extreme temperature changes, and during the coldest winter months (June to August), Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná and São Paulo have temperatures between 13°C and 18°C. In some towns, the occasional snowfall is even possible. As elsewhere along the coast, summer is quite hot, and you’ll have lots of company on the beach.